ISLAND sailors Jeremy Waitt and Richard Palmer have made sailing history by crossing the finish line in the Caribbean island of Grenada tonight (Tuesday) to win this year’s RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy.

Although Richard’s JPK 10.10 yacht, Jangada, came in fourth following their monumental 3,000-mile transatlantic effort from Lanzarote, they are expected to have the result ratified soon on IRC corrected time.

The pair, who set off for Grenada on November 23, finished almost 24 hours ahead of their IRC time target of 8.51pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

Jeremy and Richard finished about 20 hours ahead of of third placed Pata Negra on corrected time.

Cowes boat, Jangada, was by far the smallest yacht racing in the fleet, with a 100ft superyacht at the polar opposite end of the scale.

The victory was just reward for Jeremy and Richard, who agonisingly came second in last year’s RORC Transatlantic Race — frustratingly due to rigging failure.

The year before that, they came 50th, to illustrate the huge strides they have made in world sailing within the past two years.